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Acta Biotheoretica

, Volume 57, Issue 3, pp 383–387 | Cite as

Manfred D. Laubichler and Gerd B. Müller (Eds): Modeling Biology: Structures, Behaviors, Evolution (Vienna Series in Theoretical Biology)

The MIT Press, Cambridge (MA), 2007, 396 pp, US $50, (Hb) ISBN 978-0-262-12291-7
  • Brett Calcott
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Books on modeling in biology typically focus on a particular subject area, either providing a series of models that illuminate some key issues, or giving would-be modelers the skills to build their own models. “Modeling in Biology”, a recent volume in the Vienna Series in Theoretical Biology, is different. Rather than examining models or teaching modeling techniques for a particular area in biology, the chapters in this collection present and discuss a disparate set of models from a wide variety of biological disciplines. The 16 chapters include models on such wide-ranging topics as neuron growth, plant evolution, virus structure, shell morphology, and rat behavior. There is reason behind this apparently motley assemblage—the purpose of this book is not to examine a particular area of biology through specific models, but to explore the practice of modeling within biology through examining a variety of models.

After an introductory chapter and a section covering “Conceptual Issues”, the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Philosophy Program, Research School of Social SciencesAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.Centre for Macroevolution and Macroecology, School of Botany and ZoologyAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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